Singinawa Jungle Lodge remains true to its guiding philosophy of being “Protectors of the Sacred Forests”. The Lodge works closely with the Park authorities and tribal communities within the buffer zone of this vast reserve for the conservation and protection of the eco system, through the Singinawa Conservation Foundation.
In June 2015 the ownership of Singinawa’s most enchanting environs changed hands, and expanded its territory to a total of 110 acres, and 30,000 saplings were planted throughout the property. Singinawa is now in the care of Mrs. Tulika Kedia, her management team and a team of excellent, knowledgeable Naturalists. The Singinawa Conservation Foundation, established to give back to the land, the wildlife and the people of Kanha, is one constantly pro-active enhancement to Singinawa’s reason d’etre, and has been extremely conscientious since day one. In addition to the activities of the foundation, details of which are given below, Mrs. Tulika Kedia, along with curator, Dr. Alka Pande, transformed an existing building into The Kanha Museum of life & Art. This marvelous edifice exhibiting local skills and talent was inaugurated by H.E. Monsieur Francoise Richier, The French Ambassador to India, on 1st March 2016, to support and promote the innumerable gifted artists of indigenous origin found throughout the length and breadth of Madhya Pradesh.
Together Singinawa Jungle Lodge, The Singinawa Conservation Foundation and The Kanha Museum of Life & Art contribute to the world they are all deeply committed to in the following ways:-
Since June 2015, the Singinawa Conservation Foundation has been working on numerous projects.
Recognizing the role and importance of the tribal communities living around Kanha Tiger Reserve, Singinawa encourages all its guests to participate in Village & Weekly Market Fair visits. The Lodge also encourages participation in the guest experiences by the tribes, which showcases dances, music, painting, pottery, food and costumes through performances and workshops at Singinawa. We also worked with the Park authorities to provide warm, woollen clothing for the 100+ beat guards and guides of the park.
The Singinawa Conservation Foundation's ethos of Energy Conservation has led the to the installation of a complete 10KVA Solar Power plant at The Kanha Museum of Life & Art, within the lodge premises. This is a unique model in indigenous art, wildlife & energy conservation. Also, the pathways in the Lodge are lit up by unique solar powered lights.
Health Care is provided free of cost for various villages around the buffer zone of Kanha. The Singinawa Conservation Foundation partnered with the Johari Medical Research Foundation (JMRF) to hold free Eye-checkup camps in the neighboring villages. Patients requiring operative procedures and care are sent to Mumbai to be treated under the special care of JMRF, and are fully supported by the Singinawa Conservation Foundation during this period.
The Singinawa Conservation Foundation has adopted the school at Kohka Village, and, as part of the Great Tiger Project’s initiatives, in which our participating volunteers work with the school children teaching them art & crafts, and spoken English. The Foundation has also set up a low a cost technique for creating charcoal briquettes using cut Lantana. This technique allows the fabrication of charcoal briquettes, used by villagers for cooking as well as for use heat in the winter months. This helps combat an invasive weed that is preventing the natural growth of many native the flora species - once abundant in the region.
What can you as a visitor to Kanha do to help reduce the ever increasing human foot-print on India’s existing areas of conservation? Some examples of activities you can participate in through the Singinawa Conservation Foundation -
•   Wean an indigenous family living on the edge of Kanha off their dependency on wood used for cooking their meals twice a day – yes, they only eat 2 meals a day! The prohibitive cost of a 2 ring Gas Hob is Rs.3,750/-, and the 4 cylinders of Gas needed for a year costs Rs.750/- per unit, (as at today’s cost) equaling Rs.3,000/- per annum. If you can support a family for a year with a donation of Rs.6,750/-, we will introduce you to the family and send you regular photos and emails telling you the difference you have made to their lives.
•   Re-green a village in Kanha’s Buffer Zone by planting 500 evergreen fruit trees for the greater good of the indigenous villagers and their livestock, as well as providing employment for a gardener to plant, protect and water these vital saplings for 3 years. The cost of 500 saplings is charged @Rs.10/- would total Rs.5,000/- The necessary Gardener’s wages @ Rs.5,500/- per month for 3 years would come to Rs.1,87,200/-. Along with a spade, watering pipes, bucket/mugs and other necessary equipment, the total donation would come to Rs.1,95,000/-. As with above scenario, the donor would be introduced to the village, along with the hired Gardener, as well as be sent quarterly newsletters and photos of the village chosen and its beautification.
The Foundation works closely with the Lodge to promote Voluntourism. Please contact Mrs. Tulika Kedia on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on opportunities to work with our efforts and the exciting, crucial programs in the planning. Also please feel free to actively volunteer/ donate during your stay at the Lodge. For various details on the activities, please contact Reception, or SJL’s Guest-Relations Manager.